For many homeowners, the thought of having to replace windows in the winter sends chills up their spines. It’s not just because of the cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Binghamton will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually benefits that can make winter a smart time for window replacement for the savvy homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-thought-out replacement plan can help save time and money and avoid headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows installed in your home.
People often realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler weather highlights air leaks and other issues with existing windows, either through draftier rooms or higher power bills due to energy inefficiency from windows were leaks have yet to be discovered.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these reasons for replacing windows during the winter months and check out some tips that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a good time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to notice drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may impact performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. Knowing which windows are problems can help determine which need to be replaced or repaired. This can help save both time and money over the long run when it comes to budgeting for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation too.
You can determine if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the basic to the sophisticated. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that binds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal crumbles, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect ambient air temperatures at window and door frames. If excessive cold air is seeping into the house, you’ll see it identified on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
A drafty window hits your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your room warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll cut back on energy costs sooner, also.
When planning to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests windows with both the appropriate solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (as needed in your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and identifies how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during chilly months by keeping the heat in, but in hot months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Binghamton to better get to know the unique benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your part of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you opt to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it less difficult to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either scheduling a time to have your windows installed in the winter months or, if you still want to be patient, getting ahead of the rush by reserving a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but taking advantage of the proper windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra thoughts to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation process from Pella of Binghamton for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect before the day of the install will make sure that you and the installer can work as easily as possible during the job.
- Consider closing off the room where replacement windows are being installed to reduce temperature changes in the other areas of your home. This can be easily done by shutting the door to the room where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your old windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra protection that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer guidance on how best to protect your room from the weather while work continues on your windows.
- If your window installation is scheduled after (or during) a period of snowfall, make sure to keep the installation area clean of snow. Taking accessibility into consideration as part of your winter window replacement plan will cut down on headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next part of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Binghamton, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In upcoming posts, we’ll be looking in more detail at the next steps of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is correct for your home, and a look at what to anticipate on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window options available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 607-296-0475.